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Color History

Mar 9, 2012, 01:21
Post: #1
Color History
When you double-click the foreground or background colors in the Toolbox, you get a color-selection dialog that has the 12 most recently-used colors, and when you close GIMP, they're saved as your "Color History" in the "colorrc" file. But editing that file doesn't change the colors the next time you launch GIMP, so there must be another place this data is stored that I can't find. Is there a way to pre-define the set of 12 colors that come up when you launch GIMP, or change them on the fly without having to laboriously use the color-picker and transfer them one-by-one to the selection dialog?
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Mar 9, 2012, 07:19
Post: #2
RE: Color History
Use a palette:
- Windows/Dockable dialogs/Palettes
- Select an existing palette or make your own
- In the color selector dialog, the tab with the colorpicker icon will show the colors from the current palette. This is also true of the dockable color selector.

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Mar 9, 2012, 21:40
Post: #3
RE: Color History
Very nice, thank you! Basically you're using the palette as a supplement to the 12 color-history buttons; so you can change the foreground color by a single click in one of the palette entries.
This would be even more useful if you could then quickly change the background color by shift-clicking on one of the other palette entries, but oh, well, I suppose you can't have everything. (In fact, an uber-cool feature would be if you could click a "load palette" option with any of the drawing tools and that would create a popup that you could navigate with the UDRL keys to quickly select a paint color...)

I do appreciate the quick answer-- you've been most helpful.
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Mar 9, 2012, 23:34
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RE: Color History
(Mar 9, 2012 21:40)PoorDave Wrote:  This would be even more useful if you could then quickly change the background color by shift-clicking on one of the other palette entries, but oh, well, I suppose you can't have everything.
No but pretty close:
- The shortcut "X" swaps FG/BG colors
- The short-lived color selector you get when you click the FG/BG squares in the toolbox also has a sticky version: "Windows/Dockable dialogs/Colors". In its palette tab, clicking on a color assigns it to the FG color. But if you bracket the click between two "X", you change the BG color. You can also use the Palette editor.

(Mar 9, 2012 21:40)PoorDave Wrote:  (In fact, an uber-cool feature would be if you could click a "load palette" option with any of the drawing tools and that would create a popup that you could navigate with the UDRL keys to quickly select a paint color...)
Edit/Keyboard shortcut and assign a shortcut to the palette editor (say, Ctrl-Shift-P). Hit the shortcut and you are in the Palette editor, where you can choose a color with the UDRL keys. Strike [enter] to set the FG color. Bracket with "X" to set the BG color instead.

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Mar 10, 2012, 22:16
Post: #5
RE: Color History
OK, cool! I just docked the "Colors" dialog as a tab in the Layers/Channels/Paths dock, so that and the "X" keyboard shortcut make it super easy. Thanks again!
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